Tuesday, December 8, 2009
My little brother federal judge William Smith sent me this article about the political imbroglio that arose when Prez W nominated him to the First Circuit over the objection of RINO Senator Lincoln Chafee:Chafee speculated that Smith, despite describing himself as a moderate, has ties to the Federalist Society, [horrors! gadzooks!] a group of legal conservatives [and baby eaters], through his brother-in-law, Paul Cassell, a U.S. District judge in Utah [where thar be dragons!! and Mormons!!], arguably the nation’s reddest state. . . . The Federalist Society is a very [very! very!!]conservative group that is very well-connected to the White House and the vice president [and well-known vampire] [Dick Cheney] especially,” said Chafee. [comments added -- tas]
Jeez. What does a guy have to do to get a little credit around here? I was one of the first members of the Federalist Society; my party number would be in double digits at most. I am the smearee's brother and yet it is through my brother-in-law that the connection to the evil Federalist Society is made. And the reason why he is my brother in law is that I helped my little sister get a job as an assistant to the redoubtable Gene Meyer, long time director of FedSoc, whereby she ended up meeting her future husband. But I should add that my younger brother has long labored in the darkness of moderate Republicanhood, and we have had more than one heated argument with me on the right and he in the middle somewhere. He is not and has never been a member of the Federalist Society. But the point here is that even being related to FedSoc membership is used as a smear by those on the left, or in the case of Senator Chafee, wherever the heck he is, the location of which would probably require the HST.
This allows me to tell a funny story about my brother-in-law, which I don't think he will mind. He is a recently retired federal district judge himself, a post to which he was nominated by W. Traditionally, the President calls the to be nominated judges to ask them to serve, a nice touch. Anyway, there came a time when Paul, my sister Trish and their three lovely daughters were visiting our abode in Jamul. This was Christmas, Thanksgiving, or something, and the house was packed. So the Cassells stayed on our lot in their pop-up trailer, on which they had put many miles camping. Indeed, they had bought the trailer used for a few thousand dollars, and I think the seller got a very good deal on that. I was a little concerned about what my neighbors would say. Anyway the big day came and our phone rang and the voice on the other end said "This is the White House calling for Mr. Paul Cassell. Can he come to the phone?" My brother said "Hold on. I will have to go check his trailer to see if he is here." This was the first time I am certain that the President of the United States ever called someone who was living in a trailer in Jamul. (Curiously though, in 2003 President Bush actually visited rather nearby in Harbison Canyon after the devastating Cedar Fire.)